The Duchess (2008)
Here is another film that has been getting some attention in awards season, The Duchess. Ralph Fiennes is nominated for his supporting performance of William, the Duke of Devonshire at the Golden Globes.
I saw the trailers for this movie a couple of months ago. I wanted to go, because it was getting buzz and the buzz died out. In turn, I didn’t go.
I heard from Tassoula on the “Cinebanter” podcast talk about this movie and how liked the movie and suggested it to other people. I’m glad she did. This film just came out on DVD a couple of days ago.
The story is focused on Georgiana (Keira Knightley) when she was in her late teens. She is sought out by the Duke to become his wife and sired a son. After the wedding, she settles in with her new life as the Duchess of Devonshire.
Her world comes crashing down when she realizes that her husband is a philander. She knows that she is trapped in a loveless marriage. She tries to find other outlets for her. Her mother, Lady Spencer (Charlotte Rampling) urges her to fulfill her duties as a wife and mother of her girls.
In Bath, Georgiana meets a woman that has just rebuffed her husband’s advances, Lady Elizabeth “Bess” Foster (Hayley Atwell). Bess’s husband abandons her for his mistress. Georgiana urges William to let Bess stay with them until she could get back on her feet and have the chance to see her three sons.
During the course of the movie, Georgiana is betrayed in the deepest, hurtful way imaginable. Her husband becomes a miserable cad. Georgiana has a affair with Charles Grey (Dominic Cooper).
I felt so much sympathy for Georgiana. She is modern woman living in the wrong time. I realized that she is actually an ancestor of Princess Diana.
It’s a wonderful sweeping film. The costumes are gorgeous. The music had me on the edge of my seat. The performances were great. You must see this film.
My rating: *** 1/2 stars.
Posted on December 31, 2008, in 2008, Academy Award Winner, Biopic, Drama, Romantic and tagged Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell, Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, The Duchess. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.